|Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.|
|papers brought against him. It published one of his letters in facsimile and asked scornfully if this man could pass an examination in penmanship for the desk of a third-rate clerk in his own office; yet he sat in judgment on the handwriting of aspirants. Now, I have always thought Mr. Roosevelts handwriting fine. It is nt ornate. Indeed, it might be called very plain, extra plain, if you like. But his character is all over it: a child could read it. There can never be any doubt as to what he means, and that, it seems to me, is what you want of a mans writing. Here is a line of it now which I quoted before, still lying on my table. Squeezed in between lines of typewriting it is not a fair sample, but take it as it is:
I havent heard a word about it from my superior officers, who have the complete say-so.
| However, Roosevelt made no bones about it. He owned up that he could nt pass for a clerk-ship, which was well, he said, for he would have made but a poor clerk, while he thought he |